By Leanna Cossman, URJ Camp Kalsman Head Nurse
The campers are coming! The campers are coming! The camp season is almost here and the medical team from Camp Kalsman is hard at work reviewing medical records and getting to know your campers. As always, our primary goal is the good health and well being of all of the campers left in our care. To that end, the more information we have about your child, the better prepared we can be on opening day and throughout each session. Please take a moment to review the topics listed below and let us know if you have any questions or concerns. We are happy to talk with you by phone or e-mail.
Paperwork & Medications
If you have not yet done so, please go online and complete the URJ health history form. This very important form serves as a base document for your child’s healthcare while at camp. Please be as detailed as possible. More information is always better as far as we are concerned. Don’t forget to include whether or not your child has any allergies to medications. If you have completed these forms but something has changed, please go online and update you camper’s records. Perhaps they have received an additional vaccine or a medication has been started or discontinued. These details are very important to us and having this information before opening day will speed up the check in process.
We are using the CampRx pharmacy again this year. This pharmacy prepackaging service has served us very well and is a much safer way to dispense medications in the fast paced camp environment. Information regarding the use of CampRx can be found on the Camp Kalsman web page or they can be reached directly at 1-800-302-3881 http://camprx.com/
The Great Outdoors
Summer camp involves a great deal of time spent outside. Walking, biking, climbing, and swimming all keep campers in the sun for long periods of time. Nothing ruins a camp experience faster than a sunburn. Please ensure that your camper has an adequate supply of sunscreen to last them for their entire camp session. Equally as important, please take some time to have them practice putting on their own sunscreen. They should apply sunscreen at least twice throughout the day as well as after swimming. We do keep a supply of sunscreen at camp should your child run out. SPF 30 or higher is recommended.
Dehydration is another condition that will spoil a camp experience. We generally don’t worry too much about how much water we drink in our regular daily lives, but those long hours in the sun can quickly dehydrate a young camper. Please talk with your child about the need to drink extra water while at camp. We generally recommend two glasses of liquid with each meal and two full water bottles throughout the day.
Finally, there are things that fly, crawl, and bite at camp. Please ensure that your child has mosquito repellant and that they know how to apply it.
Please know that the medical team at Camp Kalsman is here to support each camper as they embark on the best summer of their lives. We look forward to welcoming all of you to camp and will be here throughout the season.